Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Oct. 1, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017, 7;00am - 4:pm
Ottawa YMCA, 201 East Jackson Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
• The 28th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride, is organized by the Starved Rock Cycling Association. The Ride takes place in scenic North Central Illinois. • Pre-Registration: $23.00 by September 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm • OPTIONAL: Additional $16.00 - Short Sleeved T-Shirts guaranteed when ordered prior to the close of pre-registration on 9-15-17 at 11:59 pm. Please specify quantity and sizes on registration form T-Shirts the day of the ride - $20.00 Supply will be limited • $30.00 if Received After 11:59 pm September 15, 2017 (no T shirt option available with late registration). Late online registration closes September 28, 11:59 p.m. Individuals who do not make this deadline can register day of the ride for $30.00, pre registration strongly encouraged save yourself $7.00 • Children 12 and under $5.00 • SORRY NO REFUNDS • Registration includes: Pumpkin Pie after the ride, rest stops with fresh baked cookies and other food items, hydration, maps and cue sheets. Routes are color coded with Dan Henry markings, showers available at the YMCA (bring towel) Please note: The YMCA closes at 5:00 pm, please be finished by then. • Routes include but are not limited to Road Rides 25, 45, 63, 100 mile routes, with light traffic and rolling hills. SRCA Reserves the unconditional right to modify the route and itinerary, without prior notice, due to weather, river, road, or other unpredictable conditions. Registration Opens at 7 AM (100 milers encouraged to begin at 7:15) Shorter routes can leave later, please try to leave by 10 am. • All rest stops close at 3:00 PM, SAG ends for all riders at 3:30 PM. Please be back to the YMCA prior to close at 5pm. (getting back late, may negate pumpkin pie, don't let that happen to you!) • ALL riders must pick up numbers day of registration and wear. This also helps to track you in case of emergencies. • NO Headphones, all riders must obey the rules of the road. HELMETS REQUIRED. Additional Parking in City of Ottawa Lot on Columbus between Jefferson and Jackson Street, or Marquette High School, part in please do not the Sr high rise lot next to Y, or in church parking lot. (please car pool with friends if you can) ...See event description. Event Type: Sports
Phone: (999) 999-9999
Area: Ottawa

Now - Sep. 4, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday and summer holidays noon to 5pm0
Wheels O' Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 & W. Woodside Dr.), Dunlap, IL 61525
Museum has 30,000 sq ft of exhibits in 4 buildings.Something for all ages. Many interactive displays of manufacturing the past 50-100 years in Peoria area. Cars, Steam locomotive, Cat tractors, model trains, toys, dolls, WMBD radio station and so much more to see;...Free for ACTIVE Military others $7 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-243-9020
Area: Peoria

Now - Jul. 30, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday and summer holidays noon to 5pm0
Wheels O' Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (RT 40 and W.Woodside Dr. north of Peoria), Dunlap next to Peoria on Rt 40, IL 61525
Wheels O' Time Museum has 4 buildings w 30,000 sq ft of exhibits. The Early Ford V8 group is displaying Fords from various decades this month. A 1928 Ford Mail Truck, 1972 Torino Wagon and a Ford Galaxie. The other exhibits include planes, trains, fashion, Caterpillar Tractors and much more.Many interactive displays featuring items made in Peoria area the past 100 years. ...$7 adults, $3.50 ages $3-11. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-243-9020
Area: Peoria

Now - Jul. 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Soldiers and Sailors Park, Square on South Main and Park Ave., PRINCETON, IL 61356
Festival 56 presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors throughout the month of July in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. This year's production is The Comedy of Errors. Syracuse and Ephesus are twin brothers, separated for years after surviving a shipwreck. Together with their twin servants, both named Dromio, the brothers descend upon the same town in search of their missing family. Two sets of twins, mistaken identities, long-lost family members, and pregnant wives: What could go wrong? Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout July. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy this free performance of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy....FREE. Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 815 879 5656
Area: Princeton

Now - Jul. 29, 2017, 7:30 pm July 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, and 2:00 pm July 29th
Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave East on the Square, PRINCETON, IL 61356
Stop Kiss, which runs July 21-29 at the Prairie Arts Center, tells the story of Callie and Sara, who meet and unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss leads to a violent attack ?that changes their lives forever. In this poignant and enchanting story, playwright Diana Son explores the meaning of love and how life can change in ?an instant. ...$29 Regular admission, $26 Seniors (65+), $14 Students (15+). Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 28, 2017 - Aug. 6, 2017, 7:30 pm July 28th, 29th, Aug. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 2:00 pm July 30th, Aug. 2nd, and 6th
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., PRINCETON, IL 61356
The summer's final production is Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Running July 28-August 6. This production follows the adventures of taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine, who wants nothing more than to fall in love. She dates all types of men, hoping to find "the one." Along the way, she sings, dances, and laughs with her friends in this sharp, witty, and entertaining musical. With songs like "Big Spender" and "The Rhythm of Life," Sweet Charity has become a much-loved classic. ...$29 Regular admission, $26 Seniors (65+), $14 Students (15+). Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 30, 2017 - Jul. 30, 2017, 1-4pm
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century! Activities may include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides, and livestock care. Topics are as follows. June 25: Fence Building; July 30: Children’s Games; August 27: Herbs – Cooking & Medicinal Use....$3. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria

Aug. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday Noon-5PM
Wheels O' Time Museum , 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 and W. Woodside Dr. ), Dunlap, IL 61525
New exhibit in the Early V8 Ford area. August is Model T month and 3 vehicles from the 1920's will be featured. *1926 Tin Lizzy, called the Silver Streak, has just returned from re- creating a tour in Canada that the Gypsy Coeds from Bradford did in 1939. (The owner used a trailer to take to several appearances at places the car visited on its own in 1939) *1925 Model TT Flat Bed delivery truck *1925 Model TT tanker used to deliver heating oil. ...$7 Adults. $3.50 Ages 3-11. Event Type: Educational
Phone: (309) 243-9020
Area: Peoria

Aug. 2, 2017 - Aug. 2, 2017, 10am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Explore the tallgrass prairie as species sprout, bloom and go to seed. Discover this colorful habitat that once covered two-thirds of Illinois....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 5, 2017, 2:00 pm
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., PRINCETON, IL 61356
Festival 56 commissioned never-before-seen 10-minute and one-act plays from around the world. The submissions were vetted by our seasoned readers, and this performance represents the winners of our contest. Six ten-minute and two one-act plays will grace the stage for your enjoyment!...$10. Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 5, 2017, 2:00 pm
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., PRINCETON, IL 61356
Festival 56 commissioned never-before-seen 10-minute and one-act plays from around the world. The submissions were vetted by our seasoned readers, and this performance represents the winners of our contest. Six ten-minute and two one-act plays will grace the stage for your enjoyment!...$10. Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 5, 2017, 6-9pm
Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Enjoy an evening on the lake! Canoes, paddles, PFDs and campfire dinner are provided....$15/person, $50/fam max. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-579-2157
Area: Peoria

Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 5, 2017, 10am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Explore the tallgrass prairie as species sprout, bloom and go to seed. Discover this colorful habitat that once covered two-thirds of Illinois....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 7, 2017 - Aug. 7, 2017, 9pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Stroll down a moonlit trail with a naturalist while learning some interesting moon facts. This will be roughly a one-mile hike over some slightly uneven terrain....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017, 10am-2pm
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
School is starting soon. Spend your last bit of summer at the zoo! Celebrate everything that makes summer wonderful while looking forward to everything a new school year offers....regular zoo admission. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-686-3365
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017, 9am-1pm
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Interested in learning about pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds? Hummingbirds will be caught, banded, examined, and released by Ornithologist Vern Kleen and there will be a presentation on beekeeping. Free activities for children....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017, 7:30am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising bird watcher gets to see the best assortment of the Nature Center’s feathered friends! Please bring your own binoculars (we have a few pairs to lend out). All levels of experience are welcome. Look for more Saturday morning Bird Hikes! For ages 10+....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017, 7pm
Forest, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Tom Jones, Bruce Burton and Shannan Sullivan have become an acoustic power trio claiming traditional and contemporary Celtic as part of their sound. This concert is part of Forest Park Nature Center's Songs from the Woods Concert Series....see website. Event Type: Entertainment
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 12, 2017, 1:30pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Need help identifying trees? This walk is for anyone who would like to learn tree identification. Although leaf collecting cannot be done on this walk, good collecting sites in the Peoria area will be suggested. Another Walk is scheduled for September 2....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 12, 2017 - Aug. 13, 2017, 9pm-12am
Tawny Oaks, 715 W Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower that is visible from Earth beginning in July of each year and peaking in the second week of August. Cross your fingers for no rain, and see just how many shooting stars go by. This meteor shower is expected to peak with one meteor per minute, so you won’t want to miss this event in the dark skies over Tawny Oaks. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair, and probably some bug spray. For ages 10+....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria